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Poster: cush11 Date: Apr 30, 2007 1:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Big fun at McDowell Festival...

Well, as I start this we were just wrapping it up 24 hours ago… 2 days of GREAT music and fun in the sun! This was my first McDowell Mtn Music Festival and will not be my last, especially if the lineups stay as good as it was this year!!! Hung out with our rastamon, a friend or two of his and one of my buds from here… And very good company they were! It was just a very cool scene, well run and very congenial, like a Sunday afternoon family show with Dead, except not nearly as many people. Not a huge crowd, but a very fun one… Lot’s of little kids, Old tie-dye hippies with lonnggg white beards and ponytails, families, young Deadheads, medium Deadheads, and… Of course those pretty young ladies in granny skirts! Many things to smoke, security was mellow (a tap on the shoulder and no,no,no…not here), reasonably priced Sierra Nevada’s, and LOT’S of LSD! Very good from what I hear too! Got to the point I wasn’t sure if I’d been dosed or was the contact high just that good!!! It was hot, 98 Fri. and 101 Sat, but we set up home base in the back and had shade we could follow all day, so not too bad… was actually a Cadillac kind of spot, away from the crowd, but we could get right up close to the stage at will! Josh Clark from TLG even stopped by and visited for awhile…

Oh, there was music too! Friday; Tea Leaf Green were everything I expected, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, blew every one away, probably the best act of the day!!! the Neville Bros, as good as ever, and Ratdog, a solid performance, but you can find details elsewhere I’m sure.

Saturday; Papa Mali, voodoo bluez! ‘Nuff said...very tasty! Jackie Green, not bad, but we weren’t disappointed when a rare April dust storm packing 60 mile an hour gusts came in, the stage didn’t blow down and the weather got very pleasant for the rest of the day, so paybacks were almost immediate! Other than we lost 15 minutes each of RRE & Toots… Railroad Earth welcomed the sunshine back and were a lot of fun. An absolutely fierce, raging Toots and the Maytalls followed and Los Lonely Boys wrapped it up, they were good but a bit loud and did have a lot (all of them) of tough acts to follow, did do a nice Voodoo Chile though...

If you thought about coming this year and didn't, I Highly (pun intended) recommend you do next year! My cheeks are still sore from smiling!!! Oh wait, I’m still smiling! ;)

Hopefully we’ll be able to hear them all soon, I counted 11 mike stands Friday and 6 Saturday.

I’ll post what links for, or setlists as I can find them…

Peace out… Cush

http://www.ratdog.org/2007-04-27/setlist

Railroad Earth
04/28/07 (Sat) McDowell Mountain Music Festival - Scottsdale, AZ
Set 1: 420, Elko, Storms, For Love, Dandelion Wine, Seven Story Mountain, Walk on By, Head, Little Rabbit

Comment: Shortened set due to a huge sandstorm just before Railroad Earth's set.

Tea Leaf Green (Just found this, not official, but from their website forum, poster didn't remember the gazintas >)
Money
One reason
Got no Friends
Lil Hood
Red Ribbons
Piss It Away
Georgie P - bitchin.
Faced
2 chairs
G III


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Poster: JamminJerome Date: Apr 30, 2007 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big fun at McDowell Festival...

glad to hear that you had fun! cool that you met the guys from TLG. While they may not be my favorite band out there, I recognize that they have a lot of talent. As they get older, they certainly are getting better! In a couple of years, they will be something special.

Glad to hear that you were amazed by Grace Potter and co. I almost saw them about a year ago, but then I got sucked into helping my father take down a couple of trees in the backyard...family before fun, I suppose.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Apr 30, 2007 9:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big fun at McDowell Festival...

Oh yeah indeed! I concur with cush, a VERY good time was had by all (minus the LONG +12hr drive each way) I like airyzona! Friendly people, dooable weather-(in the shade, that is). With the fear & loathing of the bs2 drama ringing in my brain, the internet faded away like a mirage and up sprang a desert rose in it's place.

Cush212 and friend became a welcome reality and great company to go with 2daze of excellent music. The standouts for me on fryday was Gelatinous Groove, Tea Leaf Green and Ratdog. We all found a nice shade tent with H20-misters to cool any sunbaked brains enduring the heat of the day.
Happy hour with the $2 Sierra Nevadas (7 varieties) was a yummy time indeedie!
On saturday, Papa Mali started my band wagon (or as far as i remember) but into Jackie Greene, a desert sandstorm blew in and the band made an abrupt scramble to safety.
I was bouyed by cush's observation that such sandy episodes are SOP in the desert and no biggie...me and a few friends retreated to the car and worked on making the interior smoky to embellish the sandy exterior....
It all soon passed, most all of the panicy touristas returned and Railroad Earth pulled into the station and saved the day.
To any kind posters here, cush is a fine, venerable hippy and his friend was perhaps, the happiest person I've meet in years-! Toots was very good and intense, lots of energy...I'd expected the normal reggae laid back...those dudes had the place dancin!!
Los Lonely Boys. a high powered trio of Santana meets Stevie Ray Vaughn. Guitar Hero's big time. Full volume baby!
I would of had Ratdog close both nights, but hey, Los Boys are definite rockers.

All the above is written by a burned out me, so perhaps furthur posts will improve as my memories (hopefully)return.
It was a GRATE show, though. I had not done a 2daze in a row music thingie for years.



This post was modified by rastamon on 2007-04-30 16:19:10

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Apr 30, 2007 9:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big fun at McDowell Festival...

very very cool cosmicrasta!!!!! glad you and cush had such a great time at the shows!!!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 30, 2007 12:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big fun at McDowell Festival...

Yes--great to get the over-view...

Thanks Cush & Rasmon...

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Poster: mcglone Date: Apr 30, 2007 9:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big fun at McDowell Festival...

hey cosmic-rasta & cush,

glad y'all had a blast! this site just keeps on giving!

peace.

ian

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Poster: BryanE Date: Apr 30, 2007 1:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big fun at McDowell Festival...

Is there a particular reason why the audience looks so small in those photos? Was it early in the day or early in the fest? Or a small turn-out in general?

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Poster: rastamon Date: Apr 30, 2007 1:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big fun at McDowell Festival...

in photo 009, there are lots of people in front of the blue and white tent-soundboard, the photo makes it seem the stage is way closer and by the looks of the shadows, it was @4pm. 022 was taken during the saturday afternoon sandstorm. The friday show started at 1:30pm with a lot of people still working, the saturday started at 11am and the crowd grew from there.
All in all, it started as a small crowd getting much larger into the day-both shows ended at 11pm.

All quite fine to me, as I don't enjoy huge crowds. It had a grateful family atmosphere to it. and importantly, most brew lines were short and sweet. Sierra Nevada Porter -mmmmmmmm good!